Carnaval in the Algarve

When you think of Carnival you probably think of Rio or New Orleans, but in every part of the Algarve mini carnivals are held for the children! Every town and school have their own traditions but the village of Loulé outshines them all.  On the last day of school before the Carnival break, children gather in small groups at the municipal auditorium. Each class usually has a theme ie circus, traditional dress, etc. Some of the classes still make the costumes using recycled materials, others have the parents put together the costumes at home, some being incredibly inventive. Teachers follow the children to the auditorium which is bursting to the seams with excited children and the adults are treated to a parade of hundreds of children in colourful costumes dancing to lively music. A mini version of what is happening in Rio over the whole week!